The registry contains information about a wide range of South African archival and memory institutions and organisations, and international collections that hold material related to Southern Africa.
The Lutheran Theological Institute (LTI) Archives is a unique collection of archivalia pertaining to its denominational history.
Ridge Junior Primary School was founded in 1967 when the junior primary section became too big to remain part of Pelham Primary School. The school moved to the house of the Lawrence family in Ridge Road. Mrs M. Schoeman, the founding principal and a parent committee, decided on the name, colours and badge of the school. The current school building was built in 1969. Eleven years later Mrs R. Weideman was appointed as the second principal and a third wing of classrooms was built. Mrs M. van Niekerk became principal in 1986 and redesigned the school badge to include laurels and the motto “Semper ad optima” â€“ We strive for the best. She also wrote the school song. The school celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1992. The media centre was opened in 1993.
Scottsville Primary School is a co-educational day school, extending from Grade RR to Grade 7. The school is divided into three main sections: Gardens Preprimary, Junior Primary and Senior Primary.
The Gardens Preprimary, Junior Primary and Senior Primary areas are colourful, exciting and stimulating environments for the small and growing children of the school.
Voortrekker High School is a public co-education Afrikaans medium High School situated in Cordwalles Road, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Voortrekker High School was founded in 1927 and is the oldest Afrikaans High School in KwaZulu-Natal. From January 1992, Voortrekker is the only Afrikaans medium school in Pietermaritzburg. It is rich in tradition with high standards in academics, sport and cultural activities.
Athlone Park Primary School opened in 1970 to cater for the growing Athlone Park community. One hundred and eighty-one pupils joined the principal, Mr Charles Whitfield, his deputy, Mr Keith Collier, 7 teachers and 2 cleaners on the first day of school, January 20 1970. Mr Whitfield served until his death in 1973 and was succeeded by Mr Keith Collier, who stayed until his retirement in June 1987. The present principal, Mr Geoff Grenfell, then took up the position.
The school that was destined to become Pelham Senior Primary School was originally advertised as the Christie Road School â€” Christieweg Skool. It was scheduled to open on the 25th January 1956. The principal appointed was Mr. G.H. Scott.
Cowan House was founded, as a private venture, in 1948, by David and Joy Black in Mountain Rise, Pietermaritzburg. It was a boys only school. The number of pupils grew to up to 12 by the end of its first year, to 36 in 1948, and by the end of 1950 enrolment had increased to nearly 50. When the area was rezoned, the school purchased a 10 acre property in Hilton, and reopened in 1965.
The Ulwazi Programme was established in 2008 as the first digital library in South Africa aimed at collecting and sharing indigenous knowledge and local history and culture. The Ulwazi Programme collects and shares local knowledge and histories in the form of a ‘wiki’, a website designed to enable contributions and modifications from multiple users. Local knowledge is recorded on the wiki by fieldworkers who are employed by the programme.
The East Griqualand Museum in Kokstad is housed in the townâ€™s former library, built in 1907. Displays cover the history of all the communities of the area between the Umtata and the Umzimkulu rivers, known as East Griqualand.
The Warriors Gate MOTH Museum of Militaria was started by World War 1 veterans and is now the international headquarters of the MOTH’S organisation. The museum houses a superb collection of medals, badges, battlefield relics, uniforms and other items.
There is also a strong focus on South Africaâ€™s involvement during both World Wars. Tours of the museum are available.
The Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTHS) have been helping fellow comrades in need since 1927. There are various tiers within the organisation and by using the navigation of this website, one will be able to navigate and gain knowledge of the Order.
The Vukani Zulu Cultural Museum was created in 1991, using the personal collection of rev Kjell Lofroth and Mrs Bertha Lofroth as its core. Rev and Mrs Lofroth with their friend, Baba Elliot Dludla, were the driving force behind the Vukani Association, which almost single-handedly created a new market for the crafters of Zululand.
The Forum for School Museums and Archives was started in 2010. It meets once a term to discuss matters of mutual concern. Regular training workshops are held. At present there are 11 members.
The Mtonjaneni Zulu Historical Museum is situated between Melmoth and Ulundi, 1km off the R34 at Mtonjaneni Lodge above the Dingaan’s Perennial Spring overlooking the Valley of the Kings.
Mtonjaneni Zulu Historical Museum houses the Thembani Collection with artifacts dated from early 1800. This is the biggest collection of Anglo-Zulu war artifacts in South Africa. The museum has artifacts from the following battlefields; Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Intombi Drift, Hlobane, Khambula, Ulundi, Gingindlovu, Africana, Zulu culture as well as Zulu Memorabilia.
Macrorie House was built about 1860 and in 1867 was described as “the finest and best built family house in the city”. In 1870 it was rented by the new “Bishop of Maritzburg”, William Kenneth Macrorie. They soon bought it and named it “South Hill” and enlarged and improved it in the 25 years they owned it.
The Mpophomeni Community Eco-museum is one of the true examples of community based project driven by its own people. Since its inception collaboration with key partners such as KZN Museum Services, SAMA, uMngeni Municipality and others is gaining momentum.
The Baynesfield Museum is situated on the Baynesfield Estate midway between Pietermaritzburg and Richmond in KwaZulu-Natal. The Estate was left in trust for the benefit of all South Africans by Joseph Baynes when he died without heirs in 1925.
Baynes was a progressive farmer and the museums celebrate his foresight and his achievements.
Hermannsburg lies between Greytown and Kranskop on the R74. It is situated in an extremely picturesque area of mountains, valleys and next to the Hlimbitwa River.
Hermannsburg became the base, where the Lutheran missionaries, sent out from Germany by Pastor Louis Harms, learnt the Zulu language before they departed for the appointed mission stations.
The Comrades Marathon Museum is a magnificent old Victorian dwelling which was restored to its full original splendour under the architectural guidance of Comrades Marathon runner and former Springbok rugby captain Wynand Claasen.
King’s School is an independent, co-educational, primary school for boarders and day scholars situated in Nottingham Road (60km west of Pietermaritzburg), Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. For over 90 years, King’s School has provided an education that ignites curiosity, inspires creativity, fosters compassion and inculcates the values that make community possible.
Fort Nottingham Museum covers aspects of early settlers in the Natal Midlands (1856 era) - the imperial forces who built and garrison. The fort and the San Bushmen of the Drakensberg. Guided tours of the fort and exhibits are given to all visitors. Open Thursday to Sunday and public holidays 10am to 5pm. Admission free.
Linpark High School is a co-ed school for boys and girls from grade 8 to grade 12. It is the only school offering three campuses in one. They accommodate divisions of commerce, technology and academics, providing a holistic education equipping our learners with skills necessary to cope in the â€œreal worldâ€.
Howick High School is situated in the picturesque village of Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands just 20 minutes drive from Pietermaritzburg. The school overlooks Midmar Dam with large scenic grounds that include most out-door sport facilities. Howick High is an English-medium, co-educational school and was established in 1967.
Merchiston Preparatory School, established in 1892, caters for Day Boys from Grades RR to 7 and accommodates Boarders from Grades 3 to 7. Merchiston is steeped in tradition and embraces all the good that the past offered and also seeks to be a forerunner in what the future holds.
Amafa / Heritage KwaZulu Natal is the provincial heritage conservation agency for KwaZulu Natal. Amafa was established as a statutory body in terms of the KZN Heritage Act of 1997, replaced by the KZN Heritage Act of 2008.
The Ncome-Blood River Heritage Site is probably one of the most unique battlefields in South Africa. The site witnessed a major battle between the Voortrekkers and Amazulu on 16 December 1838, and was named after the nearby river known as ‘Ncome’ in isiZulu and ‘Bloedrivier’ in Afrikaans.
The nucleus of the Voortrekker Museum / Msunduzi Museum was established in 1912 in the Church of the Vow which had been built in 1840 to fulfill the vow the Voortrekkers had made to God before the Battle of Blood River, or Ncome, that, if he would grant them victory, they would build a Church in his honour.
The museum houses many Voortrekker relics including a water bottle and Bible, which belonged to Piet Retief and were found at KwaMatiwane, where he and his party had been killed on the orders of King Dingane.
The African Conservation Trust (ACT) is a 13-year old, legally constituted non-profit organization with a growing reputation for its innovative efforts to conserve South Africa’s natural resources, environment and heritage.
The Matatiele Museum was established relatively recently in 1993, after the town’s historical society stopped functioning, and donated their collection of artefacts and historical items to the museum. The old sandstone building in which the Matatiele Museum is housed, was originally built as a Dutch Reformed Church, but was later used as a garage, an auction room, and a telephone exchange. The old building which stands in Matatiele’s High Street, has since been declared as a national monument, as well as a provincial heritage site.
The Zululand Historical Museum in Eshowe is set in the picturesque Fort Nongqayi and has a number of Zulu cultural items and artifacts. Some of John Dunn`s furniture, and a replica of a beer mug given by queen Victoria to King Cetshwayo. It is a good Natural History display and serene picnic area and self-guided trails.
Founded in Pietermaritzburg in 1851, the Natal Society has served the scientific and literary interests of the community of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, for more than 160 years. It founded a museum (now a leading national institution) and the largest privately-owned library system in the country (now run by the cityâ€™s Msunduzi Municipality).
Dala (‘to make/create’ in isiZulu) is an interdisciplinary creative collective that believes in the transformative role of creativity in building safer and more liveable cities. Dala emerged as a response to the growing need for a sustainable space for creative practitioners actively engaging in the production of art/architecture for social change in eThekwini (Durban).
artSPACE durban (aSd) offers a contemporary arts gallery adjacent to and in collaboration with dedicated artistsâ€™ studio spaces that offer tenancy to artists both local and foreign. artSPACE durban offers exhibition space, marketing, sales, promotion and venue hire facilities.
The Durban University of Technology Gallery is located on the Steve Biko Campus, above the university library. Since 1982 the gallery has collected current and historical art that includes ancient and modern artifacts.
The KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), founded 108 years ago and located in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, was initially established as an informal opportunity for artists to discuss, exhibit and market their work.
The Tatham Gallery has a colourful history spanning more than 100 years. Significant events include the Whitwell donation, the infamous dispersal during the 1960s and the restoration of and move to the Old Supreme Court building.
The Cato Manor Museum is an interactive museum which acts as a tribute to the spirit of defiance against the Durban System, which led to evictions, riots and dissent in the Cato Manor area for decades. The museum is a collection of photographs, artworks and other media that document the areas turbulent history.
The Phansi Museum was started in 2000 as a small private museum, and has since expanded to host one of the biggest and most spectacular collections of African arts and crafts in the world.
The Port Natal Maritime Museum offers an insight into the influence of maritime culture on local life whilst also reflecting on the rigors and romance of lives lived at sea.
Amazing voyages, dramatic tales and old yet inspiring collections form the basis of an unforgettable experience with attractions including the multi-ton floating vessels. These exhibits are the steam tug â€œJR Moreâ€ as well as the minesweeper â€œSAS Durbanâ€ and together with other exhibits like the â€œUlundiâ€ and â€œNCS Challengerâ€ offer families and tour groups hours of exploration, fun and education.
Once a Court House and now a Museum, the Old Court House Museum, is the oldest public building in the central business district and was loop-holed during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. It bore witness to both the South African Wars and the Bhambatha Uprising.
The site of the Old House Museum in Diakonia Street was donated to the city by George Churton Collins, built by the Town Council and opened in 1954. The museum features a recreation of the home of one of Durbanâ€™s most prominent families, the Robinsons. Sir John Robinson was Natalâ€™s first Prime Minister, and also owned the Natal Mercury, Durbanâ€™s daily morning paper.
The Bertheil Museum is named after Jonas Bergtheil, and the museum is situated in the leafy suburb of Westville almost midway between Durban and Pinetown. Much of the museum is housed in Westvilleâ€™s oldest building (c.1840) featuring massive stone walls and hand-hewn timber floorboards. Park like surrounds add an atmosphere of tranquility.
The Durban Local History Museums Trust is a Trust established to assist the Durban Local History Museums in attaining its objectives. The Trust was established in 1997 and consists of not less than eight Trustees who receive no remuneration for their services which are considered to be charitable in nature.
The KwaMuhle Museum in Durban has the unenviable reputation as once being one of the most hated buildings in the city when it was the former Department Of Native Affairs, an authoritative body responsible for enforcing punitive apartheid legislation.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africaâ€™s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values.
The Durban African Art Centre Association provides thousands of unemployed artists and craftspeople with opportunities of self-employment and economic upliftment and the ability to earn a sustainable living. They reach out to some of the poorest communities in KwaZulu-Natal; the youth, rural women, the disabled, the unemployed and persons affected by HIV and AIDS. They have built a reputation for supplying specialized, high quality products hand crafted products. Every purchase made from the African Art Centre provides a sustainable income for more than 1 000 crafters supported by the Centre.
The Pinetown Museum is a multicultural museum which features many aspects of the history of the surrounding region, from development history to Zulu cultural exhibitions and natural history displays. The museum also includes a display of Stone Age artefacts, and a replica of the ‘Mrs. Ples’ skull found in the Highveld.
KwaZulu-Natal Museum ranks among the top National Museums in South Africa’s, a cultural and natural history museum renowned for its unique collections.
Now, the Bessie Head Library (formerly The Msunduzi Municipal Library and/or Natal Society Library) has provided public library services for the people of Pietermaritzburg since May 1851. On 17th June 1975 the Main Library building in Church Street was officially opened with much fanfare. When opened the main Library building was a beautifully furnished, well-equipped, modern library with plenty of space and ample facilities for its users.
The school, Michaelhouse, has been in operation since 1896, where it opened in Pietermaritzburg and later in 1901, it moved to its present site at Balgowan. The archives were given a room at the school in the 1980â€™s and have had a part-time archivist ever since.
Although some of the earlier records have been lost, the Michaelhouse Archives does keep a full set of Board Minutes, a full set of school magazines [previously known as the St Michaelâ€™s Chronicle, now known as the Michaelhouse Chronicle]. Other information such as school calendars, lists, publications, boys records, photographs and minutes of meetings are kept.
Howick uMngeni Museum situated adjacent to the Howick Falls Heritage site, shows the strong influence of the Falls on local history. The museum collection reflects the development of the village from the 1840â€™s. It provides an educational and entertaining insight into settler history and an overview of the effects of development, farming and industry (such as wood and rubber production) on the area. The reference library and family records sections of the museum are continually augmented with information about the area and its inhabitants.
The Greytown Museum is situated in Scott Street between Durban and Voortrekker Streets in a building erected by Dr Birtwell in 1879 and sold to the Colonial Government as “The Residency” or “Drostdy” for the local magistrate.
The Archive has been an integral part of the administration of the Church since 1836. Core holdings includes an extensive repository of records, minutes, documents, membership registers of congregations, committees and institutions of the Dutch Reformed Church since the Voortrekkers entered Natal in 1836.
The Archives of the Archdiocese of Durban archival collection contains papers and ecclesiastical records going back to the foundation of the diocese in 1852. Its purpose is to preserve the documents and make them readily available to the archbishop in office at the time and his officials.
The first records were assembled under the part-time care of a government official in the early 1900â€™s. Accommodation was provided in 1936 on the present site. The repository was originally known as the Natal Archives Depot and was responsible for the custody of all official records in the province. After the establishment of a repository in Durban, responsibility for that region was assumed by the Durban office and records relevant to it (excluding the colonial period) were transferred to that office.
Durban Archives Repository was established in 1990 as an Intermediate Depot and is now a fully fledged Archives Repository. The DAR serves Durban and the Coastal Region as follows: the North Coast east of the N2 from Sodwana Bay to Empangeni, and the coastal region between KwaZulu and the sea from Empangeni through Eshowe to and including Durban. The division between the Durban and Pietermaritzburg areas along the N3 is at Cato Ridge, which is included in the Pietermaritzburg region. South of Durban, the DAR covers the area between KwaZulu and the sea down to Port Edward.
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Archives. An office which does not form part of the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa.
The Pietermaritzburg Local History website provides access to local community histories of Pietermaritzburg and its surrounding areas, including the cultural and social aspects of history. It is a growing resource to which people in the local communities can contribute.
The Ladysmith Siege Museum is considered to be the best Anglo-Boer War museum in the country, and is acclaimed beyond the borders of the country.
The Natal Inland Family History Society (NIFHS) meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month (except third Wednesday of December and the first Wednesday of January) at 7:30pm, at the Natal Carbineers Drill Hall in Geere Street, Pietermaritzburg. Extensive research sources (including many early copies of â€œThe Natal Witnessâ€) are available to researchers at all meetings and normally a speaker on a family history or related subject speaks at the third Wednesday meeting.
The Talana Museum situated just outside the town of Dundee in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The museum comprises 17 buildings, dedicated to subjects as diverse as war and agriculture, mining, industry and domestic life.
KZN a Photographic Record is intended to be the single most comprehensive image based record of Historical, Heritage and Architectural sites in KZN in 2012 and 2013. The motivation for this work is to record our heritage that is rapidly being degraded due to neglect, willful destruction and thoughtless developments, particuarly in areas not under the watchful eye of Heritage agencies.
African Media Online is a professional marketplace based in South Africa. They sell publication rights to African photos, audio files and text produced by African journalists and deliver the required media files via high res download off this website.
The Killie Campbell Africana Library, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is well known for its comprehensive collection of books, manuscripts and photographs, covering a broad sweep of information about the south east African region and its population. Some highlights of this collection are the Historic Photograph Holdings, a large section of which is accessible on the web, the James Stuart papers which record some 200 testimonies of oral history and tradition taken down by this early 20th century Natal civil servant.
The Durban Art Gallery, now in its second century of existence, is home to collections that are as diverse as the eThekwini population.
The Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity (ccrri), at UKZN, is dedicated to facilitating the study of race thinking and changing identities so as to improve understanding of, and stimulate public dialogue about, the epistemological, moral, cultural and other bases for perceptions of human diversity and difference.
The Luthuli Museum is concerned with preserving the history and legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Chief Albert Luthuli. The museum is located in Groutville at Kwa-Dukuza, in the house where Albert Luthuli and his family lived.
The Durban in Motion Project entails a virtual exhibition and digital archive which was conceived by Dale Peters of Digital Innovation of South Africa (DISA) and Paul Weinberg of The Centre for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town as a result of many discussions about the â€˜digital momentâ€™, preservation and making our historical photographic resources accessible.
DISA: is based at UKZN and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, DISA is a collaborative initiative aimed at creating a freely accessible online scholarly resource focusing on the socio-political history of South Africa, particularly the struggles for freedom during the period from 1950 to the first democratic elections in 1994.
The UKZN Botanical Garden has several impressive plant collections used for teaching and research including Carnivorous Plants, Ferns and Zulu Medicinal Plants.
The Durban Botanic Garden‘s s main plant collections are cycads, orchids, bromeliads and palms. The Garden also has a unique selection of trees from all over the world. There are more than eighty heritage trees which, in many instances, exceed one hundred years old and therefore have historic value.
The collection of the Bews Herbarium is primarily associated with research on the floras of KwaZulu-Natal and the eastern seaboard of South Africa. The flora of the Drakensberg Alpine Region and the Natal Midlands is well documented in the herbarium.
The KZN Herbarium is a centre for the study of the indigenous plants of the eastern region of South Africa. This region includes three of the IUCN internationally recognised centres of plant diversity - namely the Maputaland, Pondoland and Drakensberg Centres.
The Alan Patan Centre and Struggle Archives (APC) collects, preserves and conserves documents, manuscripts, papers, books, journals, tapes, videos, posters, artefacts and information on aspects of resistance to apartheid in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
The Gandhi-Luthuli Documentation Centre contains archival records, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, film or videotapes, sound recordings, ephemera, grey literature, posters, artifacts,personal papers, oral history.
The South African Hindu Maha Sabha was founded in 1912, and aims to promote Hindu Dharma through observing the best principles of Hindu religion, philosophy, ethics, values & culture according to the highest tenets of Hindu teachings. Thus, it is the mission of the SA Hindu Maha Sabha to work towards the advancement of all members of the Hindu faith among all Hindu linguistic groups in a spirit of respect, unity and brotherhood.
The South African Music Archive Project aims to create an online resource on South African music and associated cultural heritage, so as to promote multidisciplinary research in the field of popular music and culture.
Much of South Africaâ€™s music heritage, like that of our political past, is hard to access. Just as people and books were banned and censored, so too was music, sometimes along with the musicians who made it. Much of the material recorded was politically sensitive, or subversive; some of it was never commercially released, and has remained hidden, even forgotten. Troves of local recorded music await identification, digitisation and research.
The year 1860 marked the arrival of the first batch of Indians into South Africa under the scheme of indenture. As their numbers increased from year to year, they began erecting many temples on the estates, thereby they were able to maintain and adhere to their religious traditions, practices, customs and beliefs. It was not until 1912 that Hinduism was formally housed under one parent organisation.
The South African Hindu Maha Sabha aims to promote Hindu Dharma through observing the best principles of Hindu religion, philosophy, ethics, values & culture according to the highest tenets of Hindu teachings. Thus, it is the mission of the SA Hindu Maha Sabha to work towards the advancement of all members of the Hindu faith among all Hindu linguistic groups in a spirit of respect, unity and brotherhood.
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